“What is it that binds us to this place as to no other? It is not the well, or the bell, or the stone walls, or the crisp October nights or the memory of dogwoods blooming. Our loyalty is not only to William Richardson Davie, though we are proud of what he did 200 years ago today. Nor even to Dean Smith, though we are proud of what he did last March. No, our love for this place is based on the fact that it is as it was meant to be, the University of the people.”
— Charles Kuralt
When Philip Snyder asked that I write a piece that could be performed as an encore for his senior recital, I jumped at the opportunity – Philip is an incredible flutist, and is committed to giving the best performance of every piece he performs. We talked about the recital as a culmination of his career at Carolina, and how we could incorporate the history of the school into his experiences here into a piece.
Philip and I were both very active in UNC’s Marching Tar Heels and the UNC Band program in general, so what ensued was an arrangement of school songs through a variety of different styles of music through different era’s in history. The piece can be concluded using full marching band, or simply with piano and flute.
The piece incorporates five tunes of significance to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:
“Here Comes Carolina,” (Russel Aubrey Thompson, 1924)
“Carolina Victory,” (Robert McManeus, 1938)
“Tar Heels on Hand,” (Kay Kyser, 1927)
“Carolina Fight Song,” (Robert McManeus, 1938)
“Hark the Sound,” (William Starr Myers, 1897)